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    Mardon Skippers

    Small and seldom seen, the Mardon skipper is having a tough time hanging on in Washington. Conboy Lake NWR is one of its last strongholds.

    Mardon Skipper

  • Elk In Aspen Promo

    Rocky Mountain Elk

    Massive antlers, bodies weighing up to 700 pounds, shaggy manes, distinctive calls—it's no wonder everyone loves elk.

    Rocky Mountain Elk

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    Sandhill Cranes

    Wolves and geese notwithstanding, the call of a Sandhill crane is the call of the wild.

    Sandhill Cranes

  • Western Gray Squirrel Promo

    Western Gray Squirrel

    However you might feel about squirrels—love 'em, hate 'em—the fact remains this is a species that needs our help.

    Western Gray Squirrel

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Watching Wildlife

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Want to see more animals on your trip to Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge? Here are some tips from the "experts."

Watching Wildlife

About the Complex

Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuges

The Mid-Columbia River Refuges are eight refuges within the Columbia Basin.

Conboy Lake is managed as part of the Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuges.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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Enjoying Conboy Lake

  • Mt. Adams Bird Festival

    ChickadeeApril 26, 2014

    Conboy Lake NWR is an exceptional place to go birding. Sitting at the crossroads of a variety of habitats—especially the transition zone from the dry, east side of the state to the wet side—Conboy Lake as a great place to see birds from both habitats. But what makes spring so special is that the refuge sits along the migration route for a seemingly endless variety of species. The Cascade Range is a natural migration corridor for hawks, shorebirds, cranes and neotropical birds, to name just a few types of birds passing through. Add in the resident owls, woodpeckers and others, and you have the beginnings of a great day in the field. So, please join us on April 26, 2014. Regardless of the birds, Conboy Lake is a beautiful refuge, and we promise you an enjoyable experience.

    2014 Mt. Adams Bird Festival
  • Barn Owl Boot Camp

    Barn OwletsMay 10, 2014

    Every year, the FWS gets phone calls about orphaned or injured wildlife. In turn, we call Blue Mountain Wildlife. BMW is a volunteer, nonprofit organization that aids orphaned, sick, or injured wildlife, primarily birds of prey, providing the treatment and care necessary to return them to the wild. As you might guess, spring is a busy—and expensive—time for BMW. A fundraiser, Barn Owl Boot Camp, is being held at the Richland Community Center (Howard Amon Park, 500 Amon Drive, Richland) to help BMW prepare for Baby Season, as it’s known. It’s a wonderful experience for the whole family.

    Barn Owl Boot Camp
Page Photo Credits — Running Elk - Ken Canning, Mardon Skipper Butterfly - Stefan Flores, Oregon Spotted Frog - Gary Nafis, Elk in Aspen - Pam Morris, Sandhill Crane - Marvin De Jong, Western Gray Squirrel - Alan & Elaine Wilson, Barn Owlets - Kevin Keatley
Last Updated: Apr 10, 2014


  • 2014 Events Calendar

    Snowy Owl - EventsJanuary 01, 2014

    We've summarized our of events for you in PDF format. Things do change, so please look at the event details in the calendar.

    2014 Events Calendar (PDF)
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